FILE:  GBRIBA

 

FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE

 

 

The Richland Parish School Board shall permit qualified employees to take up to twelve (12) workweeks of unpaid leave in a twelve (12) month period for family and medical reasons.  Employees qualifying for family and temporary medical leave shall have been employed by the Board for twelve (12) months prior to the date of the leave to be taken.  For the purposes of this policy, the twelve (12) month period shall be the same as the fiscal year, July 1 to June 30.  Such unpaid leave may only be taken for the following reasons:

 

  1. For the birth of the employee’s child and subsequent care;
     

  2. For the placement of a child with the employee for adoption or foster care;
     

  3. In order to care for the spouse, child or parent of the employee who has a serious health condition; or
     

  4. When the serious health condition of the employee renders the employee unable to perform the function of the position of such employee.

 

Leave may be taken for birth or placement of a child only within twelve (12) months of the birth or placement.

 

Generally, the time taken for family and medical leave shall be on a continuous basis.  However, the employee shall be permitted to take leave on an intermittent or reduced basis to care for a seriously ill family member or the employee’s own illness when medically necessary.  An employee may take intermittent leave for the birth or adoption of a child only with Board approval.

 

If a teacher’s period of absence on intermittent leave amounts to more than 20% of classroom time, the teacher may be required to take continuous leave throughout the treatment period or be placed temporarily in an equivalent position, for which the teacher is qualified and which has equivalent status, pay and benefits, and which would not be so disruptive to the classroom.

 

In any case in which the necessity of leave is for the birth of the employee’s child and subsequent care; or for the placement of a child with the employee for adoption or foster care, and said necessity of leave is foreseeable based on the expected birth or placement, the employee is required to provide the Board with at least thirty (30) days notice, before the date the leave is to begin.  If the date of birth or placement requires the leave to begin in less than thirty (30) days, notice shall be given as soon as possible.

 

In any case in which the necessity of leave is in order to care for the spouse, child or parent of the employee who has a serious health condition; or when the serious health condition of the employee renders the employee unable to work, and the need to take such leave is foreseeable based on planned medical treatment, the employee is required to make a reasonable effort to schedule the treatment so as not to disrupt school operations.

 

The Board shall require an employee to provide medical certification to support the request for family and medical leave.  Such certification shall be provided within 15 calendar days.

 

The employee shall be permitted to substitute any accumulated sick leave and/or annual leave for any family and medical leave time requested.  The Board shall require an employee to first use any accumulated sick, personal and/or annual leave time for any part of the twelve (12) week period.  If paid leave is used by an employee, the Board shall provide only enough unpaid family and medical leave time to total the allowed 12-week period.

 

Any employee taking family and medical leave shall have the right to return to their previous position or an equivalent position with equivalent pay, benefits, and other terms and conditions of employment.  An employee returning to service at the end of their leave period for personal medical reasons shall be required to present to the Board a letter from their doctor certifying that the employee is able to return to work.

 

Revised:  June, 2005

 

 

Ref:    29 USC 2601 et seq. (The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993)

29 CFR 825 (The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993)

Board minutes, 3-8-05

 

Richland Parish School Board